Iowa Leaders Adding Up Flood Damage But Not All Counted

DES MOINES, Iowa – June flooding has hit nearly one-fifth of Iowa’s counties especially hard, according to details released from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten.

The government declared 18 Iowa counties as disaster areas, making them eligible for state assistance. The counties include: Buena Vista, Cedar, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Hancock, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Woodbury and Wright.

To put the destruction in perspective, 1993’s floods required disaster declarations in all 99 counties, according to Governor Terry Branstad.

Schouten estimates $15.5 million in damages so far. But he said that only counts public structures and roads. The figure doesn’t include private businesses, homes, farms and crops.

His office released a summary of assistance of state resources:

  • Buena Vista County

40 road barricades

  • Cedar County

Inmate assistance for debris removal

  • Franklin County

One 3-inch pump

Eighty clean-up kits

  • Hancock County

Seventy-five clean-up kits

Pumps for the City of Klemme

  • Lyon County

Pumps for the communities of Rock Rapids and George

Established a shelter in Rock Rapids for displaced residents

Traffic control support for Rock Rapids

  • Plymouth County

20,000 sandbags

Pump for the City of Akron

  • Pocahontas County

10,000 sandbags to protect the power utility substation in Rolfe

  • Sioux County

250,000 sandbags

Five loads of sand from Iowa Department of Transportation to Rock Valley

Urban Search and Rescue Team provided lights for use in sandbagging efforts and assisted in the evacuation of 16 people

Six pumps for City of Rock Valley

Established a shelter in Rock Valley for displaced residents

30 road barricades

The Department of Inspections and Appeals provided evacuation assistance to the residents of Hope Haven in Rock Valley.

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